Come Again, by Robert Webb is entirely immersive, hilariously funny and satisfyingly predictable. There are no surprises waiting around the corner, which is perfect in these strange times where our real lives seem to bring unwelcome surprises almost hourly. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an easy, clever read with an outrageous storyline and a heavy dose of 90s nostalgia.
Kate’s beloved husband, Luke, died 12 months ago. She has spent the time since then pushing away everyone close to her. An incident at work is the final straw; she decides she’s done with this world. But the world has other ideas.
Come Again is full to the brim with flawed but lovable characters who always have the wittiest, sharpest retorts. It reminded me of Ab Fab or Roseanne – in Kate’s suicidal depression she says everything that the normal rules of social engagement would prevent us from saying. And it is glorious.
I particularly enjoyed Kate’s showdown with her revolting, chauvinist boss, Charles, in the first couple of dozen pages:
‘You know, it surprises me that a woman of your intelligence would do something so very stupid.’
Kate nodded. ‘That’s funny, because it surprises me that a man of your intelligence doesn’t live in a skip.’
I also felt rather sorry for the young Toby of the 1990s – the boy that Kate didn’t choose back in her late teens. Some boys just need time to grow into themselves. And some girls need time to grow out of their hormones so they can recognise a good man when they see one.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.